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Tue May 24, 2016

Firing Up with the BBQ Guru's CyberQ, Plus Giveaway

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BBQ Guru CyberQ

Prior to firing up my first grill, I had little interest in cooking and eating—my diet consisted of mainly fast food, frozen pizzas, Hot Pockets, and TGIFridays appetizers. After lighting up that fateful first batch of coals though, I felt an immediate connection to my food I hadn't before. I attribute this to cooking at a fundamental level where I'm not only in control of my food, but also the heat source, which requires an extra level of attention and understanding. To me, this is what cooking needed to feel like for it to click, and because of this, I've pretty much shunned technology that aids in the process at all, save for a few digital thermometers that keep me clued into what's happening with my fire and meats.

Of course, that's just a personal preference, and once I entered the barbecue competition circuits, most all teams around me used some sort of digital device to maintain proper temperatures in their pits. The BBQ Guru—a small computer that monitors the fire's temperature and adjusts it using a fan—seemed to be the most popular choice in this arena. While I watched many teams use this device to set-it-and-forget-it, I always kept an eagle eye on my smoker and felt as if I had a connection to what I was cooking that others were missing out on.

With that hard headiness also came sleepless nights, increased anxiety, and additional work. So after grilling and smoking now for thirteen years without extra assistance, I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about and took up an offer to try out and review the BBQ Guru's CyberQ.

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Tue May 17, 2016

Sauced: Deaf Man's BBQ Sauce California Mild & Giveaway

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Deaf Man's BBQ Sauce California Mild

Sauce Stats

Name
Deaf Man's BBQ Sauce California Mild
Produced by
Cost
$6.95 for 19oz at Deaf Man's BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Puree, Sugar, Honey, Yellow Mustard, Molasses, Apple Cider Vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Spices, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Dried Habanero
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
510
out of 10
Middle of the Road
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An intense tang leads to masking of the great complexity that this tart and well layered sauce possesses.

Tue May 3, 2016

Sauced: 2 Vets BBQ Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory

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2 Vets BBQ Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory

Sauce Stats

Name
Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory
Produced by
Cost
$18 for 2 20oz bottles at 2 Vets BBQ
Ingredients
Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Water, Ground Chipotle Pepper, Salt, Apple Juice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate
Color
Dark Brown
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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Apple-Chipotle Glaze of Glory challenges barbecue norms with its unique delivery of a sweet, fruity heat that veers from the standard tomato and molasses combo to create a sauce that stands out in a crowd.

Thu Apr 21, 2016

Sauced: Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce & Giveaway

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Big Julie's Bold & Sassy BBQ Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$6.99 for 16oz at Shaffer's BBQ
Ingredients
Tomato Ketchup, Cider Vinegar, Robust Unsulfured Molasses, Sugar, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, Lemon Juice, Hot Sauce, Salt, Spices, Worcestershire Sauce, Water, Garlic Salt, Poultry Seasoning
Color
Maroon
Meatwave Rating
810
out of 10
Approaching Greatness
More Sauce Reviews

With a well spiced tangy profile that gains extra sweetness over the fire, Big Julie's Bold and Sassy BBQ Sauce is built to do right by you in many different applications.

Thu Apr 7, 2016

Sauced: Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade

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Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade

Sauce Stats

Name
Chili Bill's BBQ Sauce Mop & Marinade
Produced by
Cost
$5.99 for 13oz at chilibills.com
Ingredients
Tomato Juice, Tomato Concentrate, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Cabernet Wine, Canola Oil, Spices, Natural Flavors, Salt, Horseradish, Dry Mustard
Color
Rusty Red
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A chili forward flavor profile embeds this sauce with a complex earthy heat that's paired with a heavy tomato base that have just a hint of sweetness.